Monthly Archives: August 2009

100 posts! (and calendars are here)

As I came online to make a new post on the blog, it came to my attention that Amy’s farewell entry was our 100th post! I hope that we’ve entertained you (at least a little bit) with those 100 entries and that you feel a little more knowledgable about how Them Days is run.

If you’ve been watching the ‘Tweets’ on the side of this page (we now have a Twitter site) you’ll know that our 2010 calendar just came in this week! It’s looking great, so come on by the office and pick one up sometime! We’ll also be selling it at the Big Land Fair, so keep a $10 bill in your pocket for when you visit our booth on September 12th!

Our 2010 calendar is available for purchase!

Our 2010 calendar is available for purchase!

If you’re in Goose Bay & vicinity, I hope you’ve been staying warm in this cold, wet weather we’ve been having lately! (As somebody who bikes between home and work four times a day, I can tell you it’s not fun!)

Aimee

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My last day already?!

Hey everyone! It’s Amy here. Can you believe how fast the summer past by? Today is my last day at Them Days! Wow. Seems like just yesterday I was getting my first tour around the office and archives here…

Since I last wrote, I’ve been working on all kinds of interesting things. To help with the digitization of the archives, I finished scanning all the negatives from the Straits area. I was just starting to work on the insanely huge Miscellaneous section of negatives. If I did the math correctly, I scanned 2681 negatives since I started that process on July 29th. That is a lot!

I transcribed a few different interviews, about everything from lighthouses to co-op stores to the first fresh beef in Fox Harbour. I’m excited because my favourite one will be featured in the next issue! [spoiler alert: it features bananas].

The past two days I’ve been working on making a comprehensive map of Labrador. A few readers have been requesting a map since they weren’t sure where a few of the places featured in the magazines were located. When we tried to find a good map, we realized that there wasn’t really one out there that had all of Labrador’s communities on it. So we made our own! Look for that in the next issue.

All in all, I had a great time working here this summer! I’m glad I can keep up with the happenings at Them Days while I’m away through this blog AND the new Twitter account (did we mention the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is now following us on Twitter? haha).

I must go now, and eat the traditional last meal at Them Days (ie “Goodbye” sugar cookies!)

Cheers 🙂

Amy.

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Calendars soon!

I’m sitting here, checking the proof for our 2010 Calendar (wow! 2010! What is this, the future?) and I have to say, it’s looking great! I think you’ll really like it. Amy and Zak chose some really awesome photos for it. They’re a secret for now, but the calendar will be out before you know it!

Hopefully next week I’ll have some cool photos to share with our blog readers. Our reading room should look like a real reading room then! Keep tuned.

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You can now shop at Them Days online!

Online shopping now at themdays.com!

Online shopping now at themdays.com!

Many people have been asking for online shopping at themdays.com…and now you have it!

Our new website is up (mostly…some people may still experience a “page not found” or our old site for another 24 hours or so) and if you’ve been there, you probably noticed something new – an online storefront! Just visit themdays.com and click “Online Shopping” in our Online Features drop-down menu. It’s that easy!

You can still call, fax, e-mail or come in person if you want to do some shopping with Them Days, but now you can also buy from us online from anywhere, at anytime! (Even in your pyjamas.) Our server is secue, so your credit card information will be transmitted safely. Just choose what you want to buy, fill out your information, and click Buy…it’s that easy! When we get your order, we’ll get it out to you as fast as we can. You can also get subscriptions online too!

Aimee

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New website soon!

Hello Them Days Friends!

Our new website will be up and running soon! Its changes are subtle, but I hope they will make your online Them Days experience a better one. There is something very exciting in the works too, but until the change to the new server is 100%, I’ll keep quiet on that one. So right now, as the server is being switched over, you may experience a glitch or two, but it should be done within 48 hours. (I know I said it before, but this time it’s happening. Really, really happening.)

Recently, the behind-the-scenes work here at my desk hasn’t been terribly interesting for people outside the office (updating the website, writing reports and ordering supplies isn’t really photo- or blog-worthy), so in lieu of a what-we’re-doing-in-the-office post, I’m posting a few links.

grassroots.org

    A totally exciting organization that helps out non-profits with web services, including web space, consultations with professionals, fundraising help, etc. Them Days became a member of grassroots.org nearly a month ago and I am still very, very excited about our membership.

Stories Matter Blog

    A blog from Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. They’ve made a software for oral historians that helps manage oral history collections. Very exciting stuff!

Canadian Oral History Association

    The website of the Canadian Oral History Association. A good resource for anybody interested in oral history.

Well, that’s it for me today! Have a good one, folks!

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